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Vendor of the Week – Little Flamingo Stationery + Events

by | Blog News, Bride


I am loving the cold days, but it appears many of you are ready for winter (or summer, which appears to be having heat waves in the USA,) to be over. What’s your favourite season?

Let’s kick off our Monday morning with a lovely pour over one of the members of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory. It’s not hard to do when our Directory is packed with such amazing talent, when you see this week’s Vendor Of The Week? Well I know you’ll agree! But we have florists and photographers and stationers and people doing amazing things all over the country and the world, so  Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and see what you can find!

This week’s Vendor Of The Week is Little Flamingo Stationery + Events. Owned by Shannon Harcourt, Little Flamingo creates the most divine invitations for not only weddings, but baby showers, birthday parties and everything in between. Shannon’s creativity lends itself to conjuring up the most wonderful invitation for your event – from peacock feather invitations, to classic black and white silhouettes. Shannon works closely with her couples to design personal pieces or you can choose your design from one of the many in the Little Flamingo online store.

As an added bonus, Little Flamingo can also coordinate your wedding day – so they really do start from the first opening of the envelope to your final kiss goodbye!

To learn a little more about Little Flamingo Stationery + Events we asked Shannon five questions in five minutes!

What is your favourite after five drink?

I love to kick back and relax with a couple of friends and enjoy a good mojito MMMMmmm… it’s such a lovely sweet and sour combination!

Your favourite weekend getaway?

I don’t get away often so anywhere relaxing! I do love to fly up to the Gold Coast and surprise my cousin by turning up unannounced on her doorstep!

Favourite restaurant?

I have so many favourites, but my all time favourite is a gorgeous little place we stumbled on in Paris which serves the most amazing French-Vietnamese ever! Yummm! I just wish it wasn’t such a long way to travel!

What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?

English Breakfast tea with banana and honey on toast. I am so addicted to this combo at the moment!

Your favourite wedding story?

This is a hard one! there are so many lovely stories of how couples got together, became engaged and the special touches they add to their wedding celebration. One bride we worked with had a song specially written for her fiance, she then had it played live at their reception by a close friend and his guitar while the newly married couple danced together, it was so beautiful!

Visit Little Flamingo Stationery + Event’s page to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week! Little Flamingo Stationery + Events is a member of Ms Polka Dot’s Directory

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Snapshot Sunday – Dancing In The City

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by MM Photos

Tatiana and Jamie’s Autumn Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Tatiana and Jamie

While everyone else is itching for Summer to come back, I must admit I’m a bit of a winter and autumn lover. Nothing quite makes me as happy as a bowl of hot chocolate, the autumn leaves and…boots. I love my boots! Today’s Autumn inspired engagement session of Tatiana and Jamie from photographers Love, Katie & Sarah is the perfect nod to the cooler months!

Tatiana tells their story. “Whenever I think back to how Jamie and I met I have a big smile on my face and get that warm and fuzzy feeling. Just like in movies: I was locked out of the computer lab at university and he, being the gentlemen that he is, let me in. We started talking and the rest was history. He was from Canada and in Australia for a year studying and I guess learning this I never really thought that the relationship would eventuate too much. How wrong I was!! We dated for 8 months and had a blast, travelling and living on the Gold Coast. Everything just felt so right and easy! He “followed” me back to Melbourne and we have been living here ever since. We didn’t think our lives could get much better until we got our 2 mini dachshund fur babies last year: Maple & Bear. They are the apples of our eyes and have brought so much joy and happiness to our already happy lives.

As for the engagement I guess it wasn’t much of a surprise as Jamie had mentioned on numerous occasions that he wanted to marry me and spend the rest of our lives together and I too, had voiced the same feelings. I am an avid lover of Christmas and each Christmas that we have been together, Jamie has made me an advent calendar. In the past small gifts and chocolates filled the calendar but last year each day was filled with an activity for us to do together over the summer. Included in this was a fish & chip picnic on the beach (a combination of 2 of my favourite things: fish & chips and the Beach) and a day designing and shopping for an engagement ring. It was such an exciting time!

The proposal followed in January on the evening of our fish & chip picnic. It happened at the beach we take the pups to every day over the summer, we now like to call it “Our Beach”. It was an amazing evening, the beach was picturesque. It was warm, the water was calm and there was no one but the two of us, and of course: Maple & Bear. I will never forget how nervous Jamie was and how adorable and charming he was. I had no idea that he was planning on proposing that evening until I started to feel how nervous he was getting. We finished our picnic and walked down the beach and he gave me a cuddle. He got down on one knee and said ‘Will you marry me?’ I of course laughed and he said well, will you? As if I might say no. I eventually said yes and that was it. We kissed, hugged and sure enough chuckled at how nervous he was and at how I had first laughed when he had said those 4 words. Whenever I tell the story of our proposal to anyone I immediately smile and have a giggle. It is not a soppy or overly romantic proposal story. It is nothing but Jamie and Tatty style, somewhat silly and comical. I don’t know many girls who laugh after being proposed too! ”

Photos by  Love, Katie & Sarah

Creative Colour – Teal

by | Bride, Creative Colour


This colour is so flattering to anyone, whether you have dark, red or blonde hair. It’s all in the way you put it together!

Combine with paler teal and dark chocolate

–       With pale teal and Lavender

–       With Spring Green and Apple Green

–       With mustard yellow and Pewter Grey

–       With Indigo and Pale Grey

–       With Raisin and pops of Magenta

–       With Raisin and pops of Saffron Yellow

–       With paler teal, Milk Chocolate and pops of Coral Orange

–       With paler teal and Sweet Apricot

–       With Pewter Grey and pops of a deep rust colour

–       With Midnight Blue and Lavender

–       With Pale Grey, Lavender and touches of Primrose Yellow

–       With Sea Green and Azure Blue

–       With burnished bronze and Antique Rose

–       With burnished bronze, silver and rose gold

–       Teal lends itself to a starkly elegant look, or a softer more ‘woodsy’ look. Here’s how:

Add into a black and white palette – teal glassware, silver candlesticks with white candles, white cloths, teal runner down the centre of the tables, white crockery, white flowers, soften with touches of pale teal in dessert bowls, favour boxes tied with darker teal ribbons, and subtle beading on the teal table runner – for an elegant look

For a ‘down in the woods’ look, add greens into your palette with pale grey. Look at tablescapes of moss, lichen, twigs, pebbles, fern fronds, votive holders made of silver birch tree trunks, set on oval mirrors to reflect the scene back to your guests. Add watery teal tablecloths, pale grey crockery, brushed stainless steel cutlery, an entrance of small trees and ferns to create a woodland path, bleached wooden furniture

–       Hydrangeas (think all white, or varying shades of blue, or their white/lime green hues), orchids (think oranges, pinks and saffron yellow blooms), all white flowers, green chrysanthemums, daisies (for an understated simple look) fern fronds, succulents

–       Peacock feathers/motifs

–       A simple white cake with filigree, polka dots, monograms, or old fashioned lace work piped in pale teal graduating to dark teal

–       A seaside wedding featuring teal, Sweet Apricot  and Watermelon for a different take on the usual blues and greens

–       Choose a fabric with a vintage feel featuring teal and build your wedding décor around this

Jovi Home Cushion, eShatki dress, Teal earrings from Alisha White Designs on Etsy, Anusha shoes via Shoe Wawa

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